What To Consider for Varicose Vein Treatment

Mark Asay, MD Mark Asay, MD

Causes of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are those that have expanded and twisted. They commonly occur in the legs and are located right under the skin. Healthy veins contain valves that keep blood flowing in their natural direction. When varicose veins develop, these valves no longer function properly. Once the valves fail to perform efficiently, blood is allowed to flow in the opposite direction and the veins swell. Those of older age or with a family history of varicose veins may be at greater risk for developing this condition. Varicose veins may be more common with greater pressure in the veins caused by being pregnant or overweight. Varicose veins may present a cosmetic problem, but they can also be painful or lead to more serious conditions.

Cosmetic Concerns with Varicose Veins
The superficial placing of varicose veins makes them easily visible under the skin. The veins often have a large and blue appearance, and this can be a cause of insecurity for some people. Other effects include brown or yellow-tinted skin, redness or increased bruising in the area. Scar-like patches may also develop on the lower legs or ankles. These veins may lead to dermatitis and cause itchy rashes in the affected area, and dermatitis may cause bleeding or additional scarring. The altered appearance of the skin may cause some sufferers to avoid wearing shorter clothing, but this may cause further discomfort during warmer temperatures. The best method to avoid the shame of varicose veins is to seek treatment before the problem worsens.

The Consequences of Neglecting Varicose Vein Treatment
Varicose veins can be painful, and this pain can increase when standing due to the increased pressure placed on the leg veins. If varicose veins become severe and/or are left untreated for an extended period, they can lead to more problematic symptoms. It is rare for the consequences of varicose veins to be life threatening, but there are undesirable effects that can occur if they are not treated. Some of the effects of long-standing varicose veins include:
– Skin Thickening
– Swelling of the Ankles, Legs or Feet
– Venous Eczema
– Leg Cramping or Throbbing
– Ulceration
– Superficial Blood Clots

Seeking Varicose Vein Treatment
There are numerous treatment options available for varicose veins. These superficial veins only account for around 10 percent of the total blood returned from the legs to the heart, so they can usually be removed without any serious side effects. The traditional method of vein stripping involves removing the affected veins, and has largely been replaced with minimally invasive treatments. These treatment methods involve sealing the most problematic vein so that leakage is no longer a problem. These options include injecting a substance to close off the vein via sclerotherapy, using light energy with laser ablation or radio waves to create heat through endovenous ablation therapy. If varicose veins cause discomfort or embarrassment for you, there are options to help rid you of the problem for good. Seek a consultation with skilled professionals for varicose vein treatment today.

Mark Asay, MD

Mark Asay, MD

Interventional Radiologist

About the author:

Dr. Asay's expertise includes treatment of disorders of arterial and venous circulation and acute stroke intervention. Conditions including varicose veins, pelvic congestion syndrome, uterine fibroids, compression fractures, PAD, and varicoceles.